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the democratic leader in the senate, senator harry reid. following two days of angry response from california senator dianne feinstein, she had been very publicly disappointed and angry harry reid was not going move her assault weapons ban to the senate floor as part of the democrats gun reform package. after two days of defiant reaction from senator dianne feinstein and supporters of gun reform and vice president biden made an appearance with mayor michael bloomberg demanding the assault weapons ban gets a vote and neither he or the president will rest until these measures are pursued, tonight, senator harry reid responded saying i will ensure a ban on assault weapons and limits on high capacity magazines receive votes. he also announced he would start the process of moving gun reform legislation to the floor of the senate as of tonight. the exact contours of the bill are still uncertain, including the question of what's going to end up in the base bill and acted on in the form of amendments and when the actual voting will begin given he started the process tonight. the statement from harry
'. that is a decision made by harry reid who says that the assault weapons bill does not have the vote does make it past a fill buster by the republicans. o that is what we reported yesterday. and all of that is still true. senator feinstein's bill is not going to be in the democrat's reform package in the senate. but if you ask senator dianne feinstein, that fact that it's not going to be included in the overall package of bills that goes to the senate floor, that does not mean that her bill is dead. according to her, it may not be a part of that overall comprehensive bill, but she is not going to play dead on this subject, and she insists that it will be voted on by other means. >> now senator reid had said you deserved a vote. but it's appearing that it could be an amend. that it could be a symbolic vote. what's your response to this new -- >> no, if it is an amendment that is not ha symbolic vote. it enacted a law. it went on to the house. it was enacted what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his word. this is very important to me. and i'm not going t
weapons all but dead in the senate according to tom democrat harry reid, the vice president said he's not giving up. >> i'm not going to rest nor is the president until we do all of these things, all of these things. >> reporter: he told the family of a teacher killed protecting children in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting that the country needs some political backbone. >> you know, it's time for a political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed. >> reporter: the father of a 6-year-old also killed at newtown said shame on the congress. >> i'm really ashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up and make a change and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> reporter: from new york's mayor bloomberg a call for public pressure. >> if you want to make a difference, you've got to pick up the phone, call your congressperson. >> reporter: but what happened was no surprise. conservative democrats in the senate up for re-election risk riling up pro-gun forces in an election year if they vote for the ban. democratic supp
-bye. [laughter] jon: and we begin with brand new stories and breaking news. senate majority leader harry reid getting tough in the gun debate. the controversial bill he is introducing on the senate floor and the fight that lies ahead. >>> also new threats from iran's supreme leader against two major cities as president obama wraps up a three-day visit to the middle east. >>> plus, a man accused of murdering his social lite wife pulls a stunt and gets his trial delayed. we'll tell you about it, it's all "happening now." ♪ jon: well, president obama is on the final day of his trip to israel in the middle east. air force one just landed in jordan where the president is about to meet with king ab abdullah, one of america's closest arab allies. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. uma: and i'm uma. on the agenda today will be the huge influx of refugees into jordan from syria's civil war, and king abdullah has voiced fears islamic terrorists could create a base in his country. meanwhile, president obama spending his last day in israel paying his respects at two memorial
to happen in the senate after the easter recess. majority leader harry reid announced that he will bring forward a bill that will include broader background checks. his bill will not include the more controversial ban on assault weapons. some democrats are defending his decision to separate that ban from the bill. >> what most gun rights advocates don't realize is that our current laws at the state and national level are swiss cheese. we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. >> joining me now chris murphy. thanks for joining us. if not every other week uyou're hearing all these shootings. i flow you have spent time in newtown. you have met with the families of the victims is this the bill, the response those families deserve? >> i think you are right. we are watching a orji of gun violence. shame on the united states you congress that we remain so disconnected from reality out there. the package that we're talking about which includes universal background checks may not have enough votes to pass the united states senate. we're going to have to work really hard over the next two
an assault weapons ban, democratic lawmakers can't get it done. senate majority leader harry reid now says such a ban has zero chance of passing. here's michael moore on "piers morgan live. ". >> this attitude of, well, we're not going to be able to -- this is why our side -- we have these we weinies on our side. this is what i actually admire about republicans. they have got the courage of their convictions. >> the nra's message does seem to be resonating, while a majority of americans are in favor of an assault weapons ban, polls also show support for gun control measures are fading. also are fading memories of newtown. we know dozens of children were murdered there, but moore suggests the horror of that day has now faded. he has an idea, though. if they wish, moore wants parents to release pictures of their children after they had been slaughtered by the gunman. >> in my blog i talked about a young man by the name of emmitt till, 1955, a young black kid that was murdered down south simply because he was black. and his mother insisted that there bow an open coffin because she wanted phot
cowards. and then michael moore was on piers morgan's show, if a gunman killed harry reid's grandchildren in their school, would harry reid have kept the assault weapons from being introduced to congress. go ahead. >> i think one thing you look at yoko and what she put out there and god bless her for doing this and keeping the conversation alive, one thing i will say is where is the picture about mental health? the guy who killed her husband had tried to kill himself a couple of years earlier, had been in a mental institution, his family knew he had problems. how he was able to go out there and yet do this and we didn't have, knowing this guy should not have been able to purchase a weapon, that he should have been on a list, he was able to buy what he wanted to. he actually tried to kill himself. >> the pictures for mental health are newtown and aurora. >> that's my point. so why aren't we talking about one of the biggest issues here, because once it goes political and this whole gun control debate, it is the gun, it is the gun, the consistent theme we keep seeing in these tragedies is a
leader harry reid acknowledged one bill-- an assault weapons ban crafted by california's dianne feinstein-- did not have enough support to move forward. >> but right now her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. i-- that's not 60. >> woodruff: a disappointed feinstein later said on cnn that she will not play dead on the issue, adding reid assured her she will have a chance to offer the ban as an amendment to a larger bill. >> if it's an amendment, that is not a symbolic vote. i did the bill in 1994 on the floor as an amendment. it enacted a law. it went on to the house. it was enacted. what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his word. >> woodruff: for now, reid and senate democrats are trying to find a way to get other measures passed. that includes an expansion of background checks, new penalties for gun trafficking and for so- called straw purchases-- when other individuals buy guns for those who aren't authorized to own them. reid is aiming for votes sometime after the easter recess. but there's still litt
. senate majority leader harry reid decided to drop the proposal to keep republicans from blocking it. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> of course the nra is fighting against tougher gun control. and contributions to the group's political action committee are surging now. the nra raised almost $1.6 million in february. and in january it raked in $1.1 million. vice president biden teamed up with new york mayor michael bloomberg today to push for new gun control laws. biden made an emotional appeal for action. >> for all those who say we shouldn't or couldn't ban high capacity magazines, i just ask them one question, think about newtown. think about newtown. think about how many of these children or teachers may be alive today had he had to reload three times as many times as he did. think about what happened out in where gabby giffords, my good friend, was shot and wounded. think about when that young man had to try to change the
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after senate majority leader harry reid removed a proposed ban on assault weapons. reid said keeping it would guarantee a republican filibuster. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> you have to take a look at the cover of the "new york daily news." christine saw this immediately. it says "shame on us." >> surrounding the headlines are the pictures of the children killed december 14th in newtown, connecticut. every single one of their little faces. when you look at the "new york post" similarly it says "senate caves, nra wins." obviously politically in washington it said it would have had a republican filibuster if they kept that provision in. but a lot of people who are advocates that maybe something is different, something changed on december 14th in america, look at washington and don't think so anymore. >> christine covers congress. it shouldn't be a surprise that this didn't get to the floor? >> exact low. this pla
this week. senator harry reid, you'll remember, announced that he was dropping the assault weapon ban from the current proposal, before the senate bill. now, senator dianne feinstein says she will introduce it as an amendment, adding that she won't lay down and play dead. so, carol, the gop continues to say, the better idea is to simply better enforce the laws that are already on the books. carol, the debate isn't ending anytime soon. >> doesn't appear to be. what role does the school shooting at newtown play here? >> reporter: well, as you indicated, of course, newtown parents, many of them, will be at this news conference today, standing aside new york's mayor bloomberg, and of course, vice president biden. they've been supporting the president's proposed legislation for that assault weapon ban, but will their support make a difference in the end? one thing is for sure, of course, the memories of what happened that day in newtown at sandy hook elementary remain vivid in everyone's mind. here's what the police chief said last night on piers morgan live. >> that day will be etched in my mi
in more than a decade. majority leader harry reid has now confirmed the bill will be debated when lawmakers return from vacation next month. it will call for universal background checks on gun buyers. >>> an emotional scene in a new york courtroom. a man who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has finally been freed. david ranta convicted in 1990 of killing a local rabbi but a recent review found that police had mishandled evidence as well as coached those witnesses. >>> and we want you to look at this. more than 100 people injured in a massive highway pileup. the crash set in motion during a blizzard in western canada. tractor trailers, a bus, even a truck carrying cattle all tangled up but amazingly, no one was killed. >>> and a major medical headline that will get you to put down that salt shaker. researchers now blame one in every ten deaths in the u.s. on salt. much of it in those processed foods such as bread and cheese remain the top sources in our diet. >>> and talk about march madness. it truly was madness when the 14 ranked harvard crimson stunned num
how to count. incredible. >>anna: 6:34. to your news headline. senate majority leader harry reid con conceding duet on the democrats -- con seethe defeat on the democrats plan on assault weapons. many lawmakers and gun rights advocates plan to fight those regulations claiming provisions violate their constitutional right to bear arms. >>brian: he spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. this holocaust survivor and rabbi walking out of a prison -- walking out of prison in new york yesterday after a judge overturned his 1990 conviction for a botched robbery. it turns out there was no physical evidence against him. just flawed witness testimony. >> i said in the beginning i have nothing to do with this case. if he's interested, there will be so much paper work as you'd like to read on this case and make your own decision. >>brian: unfortunately prosecutors say justice may never be served. the only other suspect in the case is dead. >>steve: soon drug-sniffing dogs won't be able to smell marijuana due to the recent legalization of recreational pot, many state police dogs
, what harry reid said. we know it's true because we've been reporting on this show really since the gun debate reignited after newtown that it's not just because republicans oppose it. it's also because of democrats, particularly in the senate. in fact, if you look at, we have a set of compiled -- some faces and names of democratic senators. if you look there's about a dozen. these are senators who have either outright said, no way to assault weapons ban, or those who run from us in the hallway when we try to ask or somewhere in between. the reason is most of them come from states where they're the whole concept of gun rights runs very wide and very deep. it would be cultural heresy many of them think to ban any kind of gun and to vote for that. the senators here may support other gun control like background checks or limiting high capacity ammunition clips, even trafficking, and so the thinking and it really has been all along, is that if they put the assault weapons ban in this broad gun control package, then the whole thing will go down whereas if they take it out, and put it as an a
leader harry reid introduced a gun bill yesterday that does include expanded background checks. the senate will debate it after a two-week recess. coming up in 20 minutes we're going to speak with stephen barton, a survivor of the aurora movie theater shooting. he's working with the newtown families as part of this mayors against illegal guns. >>> former president nicolas sarkozy under formal investigation this morning for breach of trust charges. sarkozy is accused of taking advantage of france's richest woman to help illegally fund his 2007 presidential campaign. terry arnaud joins us from paris this morning. what's the latest? >> well, it's a bit of a political -- that took us by surprise in paris. it was about 10:00 p.m. local and announced the former president was being put under investigation. what that means is that the three charges he was facing yesterday found sufficient converging and serious clues to choose to go ahead with this formal investigation. the charges, as you've described them, are extremely serious. he's accused of having taken advantage of an ailing old
, apparently they failed with harry reid since he's the one that is dismantling the bill that the democratic party said the country needs. i'm for the bloomberg ads because i think they will backfire as much as mitt romney's etch a sketch did. yesterday when bloomberg was interviewed, he said that this was a way for him to educate people and in these red states where i live in south georgia, we don't need the education from michael bloomberg about our guns, rights to guns. most are in favor of some type of backgrund checks. in georgia, to have a carry permit, you have one. the devil is in the details. i'm not confident in eric holder and the department of justice to implement laws, new laws on the books when he won't even enforce the current gun laws on the books. >> so does patrick have something here that mayor bloomberg's reputation as a guy who runs a nanny state or tries to, does he really have any sway over people who are on the fence? >> this is a political red herring. oh, this week it's michael bloomberg and it used to be nancy pelosi and it used to be barack obama. you can use all
to be in legislative trouble. senate majority leader harry reid has frankly admitted he doesn't have the votes for a assault weapons ban and support for other legislation also appears shaky. >> it only has been three months since the newtown massacre. i mean, there was so much political support and really a rallying cry after that for stricter gun control measures. why does the political support seem so shaky right now, i guess is the question. >> well, there's two reasons. one is that time has passed. the polls have eroded somewhat. they're still generally in favor of the gun control people, depending on the poll, but not as strongly in favor. also the purpose of purple states. the simple truth is there are lawmakers who come from states where support is not nearly as strong as it is in other places, and they don't want to lose their jobs next year by making a stand on this issue right now, particularly on the more controversial parts. >> and they have to listen to the voters who put them in office as well. >> we'll see how it goes. >> tom foreman, thanks so much. >>> to the white house now w
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